Are you a newly promoted Head of History or looking to develop your career in that direction? Then this new course  is for you.

Teachers new to the role of Head of Department have to quickly develop their skills in setting a departmental vision, leading high quality teaching and learning and performance-managing colleagues.  With an ever-increasing focus on student outcomes, the pressures on Heads of Department to produce impressive results are high.

Focusing on the key attributes of leadership, including assessing and developing your curriculum,  making your mark with the SLT, coaching your team and producing an effective Quality of Education for all students, this course will provide methods and solutions for the differing issues new Heads of History Departments  encounter when they progress beyond the role of subject teacher, including evaluating the strengths and areas for development of your department.

The day will be led by Paul Johnson (former Deputy Head and Head of Department, current Ofsted inspector).  In addition to the above, you’ll be able to network with similarly placed colleagues, sharing ideas for innovation and future developments.


  • Develop the skills of departmental and curriculum analysis and evaluation
  • Explore the styles of successful curriculum leaders
  • Work collaboratively with like-minded colleagues to begin to develop your personal leadership style
  • Understanding the “ Ofsted Deep Dive” process and its implications for your department
  • Meaningful conversations about your curriculum: Intent, Implementation and Impact
  • Take away strategies, specific to History to lead and inspire outstanding teaching and learning
DATE & LOCATION Online | Monday 26 April 2021
Online | Friday 25 June 2021
  • Newly Promoted Heads of History/Humanities
  • Newly Promoted Subject Leaders of History
  • Early Career Teachers Aspiring to Head of History/Humanities
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance



Moving to Middle Leadership: what is expected of a new Head of Department?

  • The challenges for you and your team as a new Head of Department
  • Your new responsibilities – responding and adapting to the key challenges in front of you
  • Setting out on your new role – easy wins in the first few weeks
  • What the SLT expect: behaviour, responsibility and your new relationship with them

Deep Diving Your New Department

  • Analysing the strengths and weaknesses of your new department: how does it compare with others in the school?
  • Evaluating your curriculum: does it cater for everyone, is there progress, the rigour of work scrutiny
  • Setting out your vision, goals and strategies: setting out to ensure outstanding
  • Data and tracking: what is the impact of your analysis on your department?


Deep Diving Your Curriculum

  • Key reflections on the EIF – the 3 ‘I’s model – How, as a new Head of History Department to assess the impact of your curriculum and evaluate its success
  • Curriculum, staffing and staff development: does your curriculum and your staff match?
  • Linking to the School Curriculum
  • Equality of Access: Your Curriculum and SEND/EAL students

Student Tracking/Assessment and using the data effectively

  • Assessing data as a Head of Department, not a teacher
  • Shared teaching groups how do you record? Recording meaningful grades
  • Strategies for setting challenging targets for the more able
  • Raising achievement with targeted students and agreed, meaningful actions


Leadership Behaviour & Styles, and People Management

  • Leading teaching, learning and curriculum provision: the journey towards “Outstanding” leadership
  • Which style of leadership is best deployed for which issues and queries
  • Know your strengths as a leader: what type of leader are you? What type of leader do you need to be?
  • People Management – supporting and challenging your staff, developing your staff team
  • Presence and tenor: building effective relationships with key people
  • Meetings, resources and the bits and pieces of “admin” that need to be done


Dr Paul Johnson

Paul is an experienced examiner, successful former Deputy Head and Head of Department and school governor, with more than 35 years’ teaching experience in a range of educational contexts. He has extensive experience as a senior leader in schools and he is a current Ofsted inspector, as well as training Teachers on their PGCE courses in History with Manchester University. He is highly experienced and regarded provider of national training courses and tutorials for teachers at all stages of their career and with students. Paul is a current senior examiner with a leading examination board for History, a former Principal Moderator and the author of a number of text books and articles on the craft of history teaching.